Monday, June 16, 2014

Chemistry Cafe + Lab, The Sumbs & Small Gas Cafe @ Shah Alam

Novelty cafes are sweeping across Shah Alam, experimenting with eccentric concepts & eclectic menus. Our research puts three of these conversation-starter outlets under the microscope, beginning with successful guinea-pig Chemistry Cafe + Lab.

A magnet for weekend crowds, this scarcely week-old place buzzes with positive vibes, electrified by a bubbly team of staff members in lab coats. Sure, it's gimmicky, but we won't need a rocket scientist to tell us that wackiness can prove explosive.

Caffeinated beverages with names like Bomb Chiller that come in lab flasks? Yep. Syringes filled with sugar syrup? OK.

Beef pies & basic pastas are currently available, as are all manner of confections, from Victoria sandwiches to blondies.

Next up: The Sumbs, a cafe whose offerings include creations by Celebrity MasterChef winner Fazley Yaakob.

The Sumbs' gourmet pasta comes with a slice of baby seven-star grouper fillet, lots of veggies, olives & capers, but not a whiff of the truffle oil that it's supposed to be infused with. Still, it's only RM19.

Desserts here seem indecently garish, but they're indisputably unique. 'Milo Dinosaur' macarons & 'kekonuts' (billed as moist cakes wrapped in crispy donuts) could be the closest things to a Frankenstein's monster that a sweets specialist could create.

Our final stop on this expedition: Small Gas Cafe, the calmest of these venues; it shares a shop-lot's first floor with a hair salon.

Small Gas' signature beverage _ made striking with cotton candy _ might seem reminiscent of a certain Subang cafe's, though this one is constructed with hot oat-filled milk instead of coffee.

Entertaining & reasonably enjoyable, especially since the cotton candy isn't weirdly flavoured. At RM5.90, the price is right.

If you're not currently enlisted in the War On Sugar, then this fizzy drink with colourful ice cubes made from various carbonated beverages might satisfy your sweet tooth.

Your perspective on Small Gas Cafe's menu will hinge on your tolerance for processed food. Waffle 'burgers' with (probably) chicken patties & fried rice wrapped in omelette with sausage & sauce-smothered salad.

Chemistry Cafe+Lab
Jalan Kristal J7/J 26 Section 7, Shah Alam
Open 3pm-midnight, closed Mondays

Chemistry Cafe+Lab
Jalan Kristal J7/J 26 Section 7, Shah Alam
Open 3pm-midnight, closed Mondays

The Sumbs (For Foodie By Foodie)
Block 7 Persiaran Alami Section 13, Shah Alam
Open Sat-Wed, 12pm-11pm, Thurs 12pm-7pm


Small Gas Cafe
1-2-1, Jalan Setia Prima D U13/D, Setia Alam, Section U 13, Shah Alam
Daily, 730am-10pm


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21 comments:

  1. wah, believe or not, i got the same idea to create such cafe last time, but no $$ to start.. now see other's do.. sigh..

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    1. Happy Walker: it's not a bad idea, and yeah, hopefully you'll have more good ideas in the future and will be able to implement them :)

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  2. Not keen on those concept cafes - like the clinic one or eyewwww....the toilet one. "Small gas" is Chinese for getting angry easily over little things, right? I wonder what Sumbs means.

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    1. Suituapui: I guess it kinda depends on whether the concept fits the rest of what's going at the café, heh :) I don't know though why the owners of small gas and the sumbs chose those names :)

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  3. I have never seen a place like this before...and the spotlights are pretty bright, perhaps too much so?

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    1. Linda: definitely distinctive, for now :) ooo, I didn't quite feel that the spotlights were too glaring but you have a good point :)

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  4. Looks like a bit of gimmicky fun.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, all in good fun in the end, I guess, heh :D

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  5. Hehe I like the flasks and syringes... I am looking for somewhere to buy these from for my "kitchen experiments" too :P

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    1. Baby Sumo: great idea, it could be both cute and practical to use those equipment! :D

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  6. Hmmmm whatever to set them apart I guess?
    Anyways their target crowd is the easily bored & love to take pics kind - so this works. Hahahha!
    I'm currently in the sugar & processed food war so one of the cafes is out for me :)

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, I guess we gotta admire their effort :) heheh, i'm trying to cut down on both sugar and processed food too! :D

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  7. all these science project thingy is fun!

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    1. KY: haha, fun now, but it wasn't fun for me back in high school, heh :D

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  8. These two are a bit too far for us, I pass first, hehehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, yeah, maybe if you're ever in shah alam for another reason, can go check out :)

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  9. Wow, these cafes look so interesting, especially the cafe lab thingy! Feels nostalgic seeing the conical flasks, haha!

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    1. Jodie: yeah, haha, i don't miss my chemistry/biology/physics classes, but it was fun having the drinks served in those things :D

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